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2016 Chevrolet Volt Given Official EPA MPGe Rating

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The 2016 Chevrolet Volt was revealed as a surprise at Chevrolet’s presentation at CES Las Vegas this past January, and then was completely unveiled by General Motors at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit later that month. The latest generation of Volt is touted as the best one yet, and it was estimated that it would have a 400-mile driving range and would allow owners to go about 1,000 miles between stops at the gas station. Would the new EV measure up when it was put to the test by the EPA?

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The short answer is yes. The 2016 Chevrolet Volt’s Voltec extended-range propulsion system earned a rating of 53 miles of pure electric range when put to the test by engineers at the Environmental Protection Agency and gained an overall rating of 106 MPGe. This means that for the first 53 miles, Volt drivers won’t use any fuel or have any tailpipe emissions. When the battery begins to run low, the Volt’s gasoline generator kicks on to charge the battery and extend the Chevy Volt’s driving range by up to 420 miles.

The next-generation Chevrolet Volt is available with a 1.5-liter range-extender, which was given an EPA-estimated fuel efficiency rating of 42 mpg.

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Of course, EPA ratings are an estimate of fuel efficiency. If a driver is consistent and smooth while operating the Chevrolet Volt, it’s possible that they will achieve even more miles on a single charge.